Effortless to maintain and energy efficient, vinyl replacement windows have become an affordable choice for homeowners looking for stylish windows at a budget-friendly price. Where vinyl windows were once considered low-end choices, advancements in both window materials and production have made them an exceptional pick for homeowners looking to deliver more energy efficiency and style to their windows.
Many out-of-date thoughts about vinyl windows even today influence customers as they decide whether vinyl windows are the right fit for their house. Here’s a look at some frequently asked questions about vinyl windows and why vinyl windows might be right for your home.
What are vinyl windows made out of?
Vinyl window production has come a long way. Vinyl windows, including the ones found in Pella’s 350 Series, 250 Series and Encompass by Pella,® include frames made from advanced polymers that are performance-tested for top-of-the-line weathering and durability. Pella’s 350 Series vinyl windows also add aesthetic improvement thanks to SmoothSeamTM technology that offers almost invisible interior welded corners. The result is a budget-friendly, efficient window frame that defends your home from the elements.
Do vinyl windows discolor or fade over time?
For a long time, people thought of vinyl windows as the default low-maintenance replacement window. Available in a limited amount of colors, over time these previous vinyl windows might yellow, wash out, split or crack in extreme weather.
Times have changed and so has technology. Durability is vital when building Pella® vinyl windows. Pella tests their vinyl windows to the extreme. Window designs are subjected to laboratory cycle testing, , which means the functions of windows are replicated thousands of times to check durability on parts ranging from the window hardware to the frame structure. Plus, air, water and thermal tests provide further means to make sure that vinyl frames can withstand the seasons while keeping your home energy efficient. It all helps create a window that is robust and strong, with fade resistance and appealing exterior colors.
With improvements in color retention, you won't have to worry about painting, repainting or staining your vinyl windows. It just needs a little soapy water to keep vinyl frames looking clean.
As a result of that color retention, though, vinyl windows might not be the right choice if you want to change the look of your window frames by painting them. Painting a vinyl window might damage the functionality of your window, and could void your warranty.
Are vinyl windows energy efficient?
Vinyl windows provide protection against weather while keeping your home comfortable, and can even bring you lower energy costs. While the frame plays a part in energy efficiency, the glass used in a vinyl window is also important to energy efficiency. Advanced Low-E insulating glass options can block up to 97 percent of the sun’s ultraviolet rays, and the addition of non-toxic argon gas between window panes can help increase insulation from the cold.
How durable are vinyl windows?
Vinyl windows are made to offer outstanding overall strength, owing to the non-corrosive compounds used in the frame’s development. Pella vinyl windows also bring strength from fully welded sashes and frames. The impact of seasonal weather can cause minor expansion and contraction in most types of windows. Over time, this can result in gaps in your window frame, allowing more air to impact your room. Welded corners help resist window frame warping and other difficulties that might come in using the window.
Undoubtedly, vinyl windows have become a great choice for builders looking for a home replacement window that combines style, toughness and cost effectiveness. Whether you’re building a new home, adding a room or just wanting to replace your home windows with a more energy-efficient choice, take a look at what Pella vinyl windows offer.